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away from cities in the north and what can be done to change that legacy. that's our show for today. i'm ali velshi. thank you for joining us. an emotional send off. thousands of mourners pay their respects to three murdered muslim students. the sister of one of the victims shares her pain after burying her brother saying i do. a federal judge forces a county in alabama to hand out same-sex marriage licences. why dozens of other counties are refusing to comply calling a truce, ukraine and
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rebels agree to a ceasefire to end fighting. the u.s. is worried the fragile peace deal could fall apart a labour stand-off. west coast shipping ports shut for five days how it could impact all americans and cost the u.s. economy billions i'm antonio mora and this is al jazeera america. we begin with breaking news from egypt. mohamed fadel fahmy, our colleague was released from prison on bail. he was held for 412 days along with baher mohamed, also expected to be released within hours. the two journalists were granted bail by an egyptian judge. they were being retried on charges that they aided the muslim brotherhood. neave barker reports on their day in court. >> reporter: this could be the beginning of the end for an ordeal that lasted more than 400 days. mohamed fadel fahmy, and baher
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mohamed were granted bail at the start of a retrial. it's a huge relief for their families. >> i'm going immediately to tell the kids that their father is going home and life will be beautiful. i'll wait to welcome him back. life has changed today. >> baher mohamed was asked to pay a security bond of $33,000. >> we will abide by everything in the egyptian law. i am sure he's been vindicated by this. and later on in this case when it falls apart the judicial fight for baher mohamed, and mohamed fadel fahmy, will continue until the charges are dropped. initially sentenced to 10 years, mohamed fadel fahmy 7 years. that decision was recently overturned. egypt's highest court of appeals challenged the evidence presented by the prosecution, saying the proceedings were flawed and ordered a retrial. another al jazeera journalist
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peter greste earlier this month was deported to australia after 400 days in detention. mohamed fadel fahmy, an egyptian canadian was told his only way to freedom was to renounce his egyptian citizenship, which he has done. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed were all arrested in december in september 2013 accused of promoting the banned muslim brotherhood. >> they have been complicit with the muslim brotherhood - there's no evidence that they've been involved in terrorism. the trial has been widely condemned by the international community and human rights organizations. protesters around the world demonstrated in solidarity with the detained al jazeera journalists. six other cole eggs from al jazeera were -- col agos from al jazeera were sentenced in absentia. al jazeera calls on all to be exonerated. >> mohamed fadel fahmy is not free. he has been ordered to stay in egypt pending a retrial
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now to a sombre day in north carolina where a community gathered to lay three muslim students to rest. they were shot and killed in what police say was a dispute over parking. what is not clear is the role their faith played in the murders. paul joins us. >> antonio mora this is community that is trying to make sense of something that is a senseless crime, sup a senseless tragedy, whether it was a dispute over parking that escalated beyond presentation for a hate crime, it's a community struggling to wrap their minds around this. at the moment we'll hear from the elder sister who spoke to us after she buried her brother. again today it was a scene, a sombre scene as you mentioned. thousands coming together to mourn and remember.
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>> on a brisk and blustery winter afternoon they came to pray. the crowd was so big, more than 5,000 people that the service for the muslim students gunned down in chapel hill had to be held on a soccer field. a giant blue tarp serving as a prayer mat. in front of the stage three coffins, aleksander barkov his wife yousef mahmoud, and her sister sister razan. the women's father spoke. >> the pain is undescribable. we rejoice and enjoy and have all the blessings and the glad tidings of giving these children the three of them up to a lot for what they believed in and how they lived. >> how they died remains a divisive question. many are convinced the shooter
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was motivated by hatred of muslims. police maintained the primary motive was a dispute over parking. >> this has hate crime written all over it. and i'm not going to sit down and bend over that. wed need to know things the way they are. >> we need to take this opportunity, and i will not speak about the investigation. i'll just recommit this we are examining every possible investigative angle to include a potential for hate crime. >> when the service ended mourners carried the coffins for a solemn procession to a muslim cemetery outside rowy. this woman went to middle school with two of the victims. >> they made such an impact. it was crazy. there are so many things i didn't know about until now. it's like wow, that is the way to be a role model.
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>> this person drove in from greens bro. 75 miles away. >> after this incident took place, it's a shocker. i don't know how my neighbour feels. my mum and my sister. >> meanwhile, the suspect craig hicks was transferred to a prison in rawley not far from the service. he's been charged with three counts of first degree murder. the federal bureau of investigation is working with the police. they want a full-scale investigation. we need to identify things the way they really are. >> it must have been a sad day. tonight you spoke with the sister of one of victims. she was understandably emotional. absolutely. susan barra cot, barakat's older
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sister. i was astonished at her poise as we spoke for a few minutes. >> i'm still in denial. there'll be tears to come. i'm in disbelief. i saw his face today. and i kissed his hand. and today was the first day that i saw him. since the event. his face looked peaceful. he had missing teeth. he had a cut on his lip. so deep it had to be sutured. he had two bullet wounds. the girls had bullet wound in
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their heads. they are young, fresh amazing people. and i can only share this now because i'm not believing it. i have persistently said it's not real. that's where i am right now. i feel strong at the moment but trust me i haven't been throughout the day. i fear what will happen once i no longer see ongoing outpour. maybe selfishly. but to honour their legacy and make sure the world here what has happened to three beautiful innocent kids who were murdered in their home then i thing i owe it to them to be here.
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>> susan came back time and again to the core message that underlies the terrible tragedy, that the people were healers, invested in their community, involved in charity. susan is a medical student studying to be a medical practitioner. they are looking to give of themselves and be a part of the broader world. susan remains convinced that this was a hate crime, like many of the family members, and they want to see the investigation head in that direction. they want a deeper understanding of what led to this. it's been mentioned many times in the past two days that craig hicks was hostile and confrontational with many neighbours, but nevertheless the neighbours that he had a fatal confrontation with was three muslims. >> heartbreaking to listen to her speak. thank you, paul tonight - same-sex couples in alabama's largest country are
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celebrating with marriage licences. a federal jug ordered officials to comply -- judge ordered officials in mobile to comply with her ruling making same-sex marriages legal in her state. this is the battle. >> that's right, this is a step closer for those in support in alabama. mobile county is complying, many others are not. at the center of it all is the state's toll judge, who is keen -- top judge who is keen apparently to, protect same-sex marriage and is pushing back. >> in mobile alabama, they lined up. gay couples seeking a marriage licence, who had been turned away. >> we go to church. work like regular folks. we pay taxes, go home watch tv. this is our town. we want to be recognised as being us. >> today their bid to get
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married moved a step closer to reality, with a judge ordering an official to issue licences to same-sex couples immediately. after the u.s. supreme court on monday reject the bid to stop the marriages. the mobile county probate judge refused to grant licences. that ruling threw the state into confusion and drove the chief justice to rise up. in an interview with al jazeera, the chief justice defiantly said only he has authority over state judges, not the federal court. >> i'm not trying to dickate who you love and don't love. i'm saying the law restricts who you marry in this state. no federal court can tell it otherwise. >> reporter: as to whether he will comply with the supreme court's decision... >> i was employed to support the constitution of alabama.
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where marriage is between one man and a woman. i see no power in the federal government or the united states supreme court to redefine the word marriage. >> it's not defines that leads to a split between the courts with more than 40 countries not issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples. >> some counties stopped issuing marriage licences saying they don't know where the law stands and it's that level of confusion that has many worried that this issue will harm alabama's image nationwide. >> tonight the u.s. and the west are cautiously optimistic a new deal will end the fighting in ukraine. after negotiations in belarus, leaders from russia france and germany brokered a peace with the government and forces. it takes effect. both have two weeks to withdraw troops. more than 5,000 people have died in the fighting.
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i.s.i.l. fighters launched a new offensive in central iraq. local police tell al jazeera that 16 died including iraqi soldiers and tribal fighters happening near the military base hundreds of u.s. advisors are taken there. the base 50 miles were ramadi is safe. they have fallen for i.s.i.l. control. the nation's next defense secretary got a vote of approval from the senate. ashton carter is expected to take office in the next few days succeeding chuck hagel. carter has been the chief operating officer, and held a number of key posts during the defense career. coming up a worse stoppage at dozens of ports. >> it affects every part of my business. it affects my customers, for sure. >> a labour dispute on the west coast is stalling trade. we'll see what it means for the
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workers and the fallout for the american economy. also, the chemical cloud that forced tens of thousands of people to seal themselves indoors.
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>> america's first climate refugees >> this is probably a hurricane away from it being gone. >> who's to blame? >> 36% of land lost was caused by oil and gas industry... >> ...and a fight to save america's coastline. >> we have kinda made a deal with the devil >> fault lines al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> today they will be arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... award winning investigative documentary series... the disappearing delta only on al jazeera america the west coast normally bustling harbours are quiet tonight. dock workers were locked out today and will be locked out this weekend. it's a volley in a long-running
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labour dispute that could cost the economy billions. jennifer london joins us from los angeles. this could affect all of us. >> it could, here is why. there's 14 containerships sat with goods outside the port of los angeles. there are 31 ships at the dock also waiting to be offloaded. it's clear that even with a partial shutdown the impact on the u.s. supply chain is tremendous. we are talking everything from manufacturing to agriculture to retail. stuck in the middle of this labour dispute - hundreds of small business owners making products that we depend on. >> this is exactly what is on my containers. that i'm waiting to get. >> reporter: from her home in california lisa foster runs one bag at a time. a small business making bags for retailers. she relies on shipments from her supplier in china. >> the port in los angeles is a crucial link in the supply chain
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for me. >> reporter: normally foster gets a shipment in two weeks, and it takes four days to get the bags from the harbour to the warehouse. >> when i'm delayed for seven weeks at the port it affects every part of my business - my customers, for sure who are missing retail opportunities like christmas, earth day is coming up in april, and i cannot promise anyone a green bag for earth day. that's a big problem. it's nigh christmas. >> with another planned 4-day shutdown at the port of los angeles, fostering likelihood and hundreds of others stuck at sea, because cargo unloading and loading all but stopped as a result of a labour dispute. the pma called for the shut down accusing the workers, represented by the long shaw and warehouse union of intentionally
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slowing down cargo, loading and unloading operations. >> we took an action to suspend vessel loading and unloads activities at the ports because the employers refused to pay wages, as much as $100 an hour to those supporting the action. we don't want to subsidise a striker pay. >> in a video statement to members, the u.n.'s president arrivings dock workers to stay united. the pma is trying to divide us using lies to turn the public against us. we want to go to work. they are blaming us. there's space on the docks to unload vessels. >> reporter: who is scheduling the dock workers, is that not pma. >> pma orders the labour. >> reporter: is pma ordering enough labour so there's not a slowdown. >> pma orders the labour that is
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available. they are not willing just to throw labour at this. we need the right workers in the right ways to move cargo in an efficient reliable manner. >> the two sides locked in this labour dispute. what do they need to understand about the impact on you? >> you know i don't see how it helps any of them to delay. i don't. this is a fight between them but i wish that they can get the job done go to work. i have to go to work. we all have to go to work every day. >> melissa foster -- foverter is looking for other ways to get her product from overseas. it may cost more. >> both sides met with a mediator. some of the key points wages, pensions automation at the dock - and a big one for the workers is how future workplace
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disputes will be addressed. the talks are scheduled to resume storm. >> for more we are joined by the economist jock o'connell an expert in international trade. 29 ports. they handle a large part of american international trade. who will feel the impact of the lock-out first? >> people like lisa foster. small business owners who can't afford the major work around. truck drivers will be affected by this because they are usually paid by the load. there are not goods moving through the ports. there's nothing to move. they don't get paid. in southern california there's literally an army of workers. railroad yards, trucking companies, whose livelihood depends on the movement of trade through l.a. and longbeach. >> what about american consumers. can we see a product becoming
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unavailable and prices going up? >> we could. as your report says there's ships lined up off the shore, they have goods for the states. there are limited opportunities for the importers to do work around. by the same token, people in locations like hawaii and alaska who depend upon goods shipped from the west coast to satisfy their needs. they are the ones most acutely affected by this slowdown. >> what about the wider economic - do you agree with reports that the economy can lose more than a billion a day. >> it's figured up to 2 billion a day. i'm skeptical of things of that nature. they are big round numbers that are surrogates for an honest economist's answer saying "we don't know but it will be a
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significant impact." the impact will be greater as it goes on. while labour dispute has attracted everyone's attention, there are underlying problems. there are suggestions that the ports, before the labour talks unravelled in late object. congestion will continue to be a problem once the labour issue is resolved. solving the issue is the first step towards healing the problem. >> there are all sorts of infrastructure issues with the ageing ports. the relationship between the unions and the companies that run the ports have deteriorated terribly. but given the kind of impact it has, should government have a role to step in and not allow things to get to this point? >> it's a contentious issue. we wept tore a long time without federal mediation.
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they arrived 3-4 weeks ago. we have not seen great progress. there's a limited extent to which the government can act. if they put the shot down by strike or lock out. the president can declare an economic emergency, and ask the court to provoke the provisions saying in essence under penalty of federal injunction i go back to work. you can make people go back o work but you can't make them work hard. what we are looking at is a situation where it's very difficult to determine what the end game will be here. we may be in this predicament for a while longer on best case circumstances, to resolve the strike next week or - we are still looking at a long period of time. >> appreciate you joining us. thank you. >> officials in spain have given
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the all clear after this - a cloud of toxic chemicals spread over the catalonia region. the orange plume was visible for miles. 65,000 were told to stay inside for a few hours. the explosion blamed on different materials mixing and exploding at a warehouse. two were hurt but injuries were not serious. police in alabama arrested one of their own. the officer is accused of paralyzing a 57-year-old grandfather who apparently was doing nothing wrong. that's next seeing our world one photograph at a time. we'll show you some of the winners of the world press photo competition.
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an alabama police officer has been charged with assault for an incident that caused outrage. officer eric parker responded to a report of a suspicious person. a 57-year-old visiting from india didn't comply he was thrown to the ground. he spoke no english. he was visiting to help with his new grandson. officials with the department apologised to the family unprecedented comments about race and police from the director of the federal bureau of investigation. some officers view blacks and
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whites differently, saying it's time for police to confront unconscious bias. >> we must better understand the people we serve and protect. by trying to know deep in our gut what it feels like to be a law-abiding black man walking down the street and encountering law enforcement. we must under how that young man may see us. >> he is calling for a database to track police-involved shooting. it's voluntary country and tracks fatal. many police developments do not take part finally, 100,000 images were presented to the world press photo competition. jonathan betz tells us the winners capture remarkable moments. >> reporter: these are some of the most striking news images captured around the world. they are personal. historical and award winning. honoured by the world press
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photo competition. the uniforms are a reminder of the mass kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls. >> and then the light-hearted moments, these boys chairing birthday chocolates with a class. a one hand catch. in new south wales, australia, sa shy young girl covering her face waiting for a bus to take her to sunday school. with red powder, a chinese factory worker trying to protect himself. >> the italian navy rescuing asylum seekers at sea. after thousands of photos the winner was a dutchman catching a moment that felt like a painting of the old master. it showed a gay couple in
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russia, where sexual minorities are facing growing legal and social discrimination. i'm antonio mora thanks for joining us. for the latest news any time from al jazeera, head over to "inside story" is next. have a great night. hello, i'm ray suarez. jordan was deeply involved in the war against the islamic state of iraq and the levant. in the past week the country rallied to the cause. after i.s.i.l. posted video of a captured jordanian fighter pilot burned alive in a cage. >> it's one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization. >>


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